One-time volunteer opportunities

If you'd like to volunteer but don't have the time for an ongoing commitment, consider a one-time volunteer opportunity!

Current opportunities for individuals and small groups include:

The ESL Social

Visit an Open Door Learning Center classroom and help our adult learners practice their conversational English. You recruit your co-workers, friends, club or church members; we provide an overview of our programs, a structured mingle activity and time for reflection.

Time commitment: 2 hours on a weekday morning or evening
Group size: 10-20 people
Location options: Minneapolis
Learn more and submit your inquiry online:
Contact: Meghan Boyle,

Book processing

Every year the literacy council distributes thousands of children's books to kids in need. You and your family or group can help us prepare donated books to be given away.

Time commitment: 2 hours on a weekday morning or afternoon
Location: Main Office, St. Paul
Contact: Kelly Rynda, or 651-251-9074

Copyediting the 2019 edition of Journeys

The literacy council publishes Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing each spring. Volunteers are needed to edit first and second drafts of the book. Review criteria and a style guide will be provided. You will be among the first to read this year’s stories!

Time commitment: 3-5 hours over 2-4 weeks in December
Location: can be done remotely; proofreaders will need to attend a training session on Wednesday, December 5 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Contact: Kelly Rynda, or 651-251-9074

Journeys Event Volunteer (Please check back about this opportunity in May 2020)

Looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity? Volunteer at the 2019 Journeys event! Journeys is a collection of stories written by adult literacy students enrolled in English as a Second Language, GED, and basic skills classes across the state. Every year the Minnesota Literacy Council holds a Journeys reading and awards ceremony to showcase adult student writing and recognize adult literacy students, volunteers, and community partners for their outstanding achievements.

Volunteers are needed during the evening of this event in a variety of roles. Shifts are 1-3 hours and run from 4:15-9 p.m. 

Time commitment: 1-3 hours on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Location: Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
View the different volunteer opportunities and sign up online: Please check back in May 2020
Contact: Wendy Roberts, or 651-251-9063